10 years of progress: Rhodesia, old and new, from an original Greater Britain Exhibition brochure of 1899
It is difficult today to appreciate just how brave and hardy were the early pioneers who opened up the wilderness which became Rhodesia. There was nothing at all to be had other than that which could be brought by wagon through literally hundreds of miles of virgin bush. The wagons and their drivers had to cross land having no roads of any description and the rivers to be crossed had no bridges. There were no towns and everything that a man might want had to be built from scratch. Yet within a few years the pioneers had laid the foundations for a modern country.
This selection of pictures is taken mostly from original 1st editions covering the period up to the founding of the Rhodesia Pioneers’ and Early Settlers’ Society which came into being on 12th September 1904. A number of these have probably not been published before and others probably not seen since before 1905 including some private photographs donated by a pioneer descendant who wishes to remain anonymous.
Three illustrations of real life incidents of a pioneer woman in Rhodesia:
1. unknown 2. P Sneddon 3. AC Evans 4. Fleming 5. Sir Frederick Frankland 6. A Molineux 7. Douglas Hawksley 8. T Tompkins 9. blurred 10. Dr. Hans Sauer 11. PBS Wrey 12. unknown 13. Marquand 14. unknown 15. Fred. Crewe 16. Maj. Walter Howard
(click on the picture and then again for a closer view of the members)
“Salisbury Club, boys watching Coronation Parade in Cecil Square, 1902”
Outspan in the bush; a Cape Cart on the Ayrshire road North West of Salisbury, 1902
Native Chiefs on Coronation Day, Salisbury, 1902
Messrs. Thomas & Hawksley (in cart) with native boys on road to Hunyani, 1899